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with somebody like obama bin laden, it would be me and him and a baseball bat. if i want to be macho, i challenge you to an arm wrestling contest. i am telling you how i feel. 100 times over, i will give you the same answer. >> if we could keep this as simple as possible, quite difficult currently. this will change everything if you start to torture american citizens for committing domestic crimes inside america. am i wrong? >> you are not wrong. im as red blooded american as anybody and i go back to thomas jefferson who wanted to change the fifth amendment, which has complicated language about self-incrimination. he wanted an outright vote against torture under all circumstances. torture is unconstitutional, illegal, in violation of every international treaty. should never under any circumstances be used. where i agree with him and said it would be used if we had a ticking bomb terrorist case. if we actually had a situation where the choice was between letting the bomb go off and killing thousands of people or torturing somebody, every president what allow, even this president, would n
to guantanamo. in any case the obama administration has shown absolutely no interest in that idea and every indication is that he will be tried as a criminal defendant in an american criminal courtroom. >> lindsey graham who himself is a military attorney, has spent 30 years in the u.s. air force, he insists he wants tsarnaev to be tried in american civilian court, but that didn't preclude at least for now naming him an enemy combatant to try to question him to see if there are other bombs out there, other individuals who may be involved. sort of this imminent threat notion. is he on sound legal ground, lindsey graham, when he says, yes, he'll go before a civil trial, but at least for now name him an enemy combatant so he can be questioned? >> well, the obama administration has established a policy of a so-called public safety exception to the miranda rule where for some period of time, it's not entirely clear how long, a suspect can be questioned without miranda warnings and that apparently is what's happening here. again, it's complicated somewhat by the fact that we didn't know exactly w
has only just begun, and the decision by the obama administration, not to designate him as an enemy combatant is upsetting several republicans. >> i have been informed that the obama administration has indicated this suspect in boston will not be treated as enemy combatant. i strongly disagree with the obama administration's decision to rule out enemy combatant status for this suspect at this time. >> let's bring in our senior legal analyst jeffrey toobin, joining us from new york. can or should a u.s. citizen be formally given this enemy combatant status? what does the law say? >> every terrorist suspect arrested in the united states, since the first world trade center bombing in 1993 has been treated in the criminal justice system, not as an enemy combatant. standard operating procedure. frankly, the whole status of enemy combatant remains ambiguous in the legal system. the prisoners in guantanamo bay remain in legal limbo. by treating them as criminal suspects, the obama administration is avoiding all kinds of risks and simply acting as the bush administration has in the past and
the george w. bush presidential library in dallas. it opens to the public may 1st. president obama and the four living former presidents are expected to be there. >>> do you want to hear from me what the truth was and they haven't really said anything about it affecting me. >> while in new york, it's nfl draft time. all eyes will be on manti te'o and whether he makes the first round. >>> president obama offered to wash senators' cars if it would lead to an immigration bill. the senators then told obama, if you're going to wash our cars, why do we need immigrant? >>> and on saturday, conan o'brien headlines the annual white house correspondents dinner in washington. >>> and that's the week ahead. >>> i'm fredricka whitfield. on behalf of my colleague wolf blitzer and myself, of course, thanks for watching this afternoon. don lemon picks up live coverage from boston. don, ind you'll be talking to city police commissioner as well. right? >> that's right. police commissioner ed davis will be with me in just a moment here. first though i want to get you updated on what we have. i'm done
in the form of letters sent to president obama and a u.s. senator. each tested positive for ricin, a third letter stoent a judent in mississippi is being retested. paul kevin curtis is in jail in mississippi. he vehemently denies the allegations. he is not aware of any illness as a result of the letters. after the boston bombing, some say work on an immigration bill should be delayed. republican senator, dan coats, of indiana, says that congress should wait until the emotional reaction to the bombing subsides before debating immigration. the two brothers came to the u.s. legally from the russian caucasus region. the younger brother immigrated with his parents in 2002. the older brother came later. the younger brother became a u.s. citizen last year. >>> for the boy scouts of america, gay scouts might soon be allowed to join but not gay scout leaders. that's the proposal from the scout's executive committee. a final proposal is expected to be presented to the boy scouts voting members at their meeting in dallas in may. let's go back to boston now. don? >> thank you, victor. we'll check back
? >> reporter: that's right. hi. president obama i'm told by sources here was in the residence tonight watching television reports of the pursuit and that all the developments in watertown as we were, and he saw this go down just as we did. as soon as it was happening, he went over to the oval office to get the latest updates from his staff and then fbi director robert muller called him to officially let him know that the suspect had been captured alive. and he decided to come out and make a statement, i'm told by staff, and they brought in a local news from boston throughout the day so they could monitor actually some of the events all day long. they were revitied to the television just as we were. so the president updated throughout the day, and he is here back at work and ready to come in, brief the nation on a -- an exciting end and a, you know, successful law enforcement conclusion to all of this and the beginning of even more further investigation, piers. we're waiting for him any moment. >> before the president speaks, important to remind everybody again that as they've made this capture
forthcoming they could have been. but i think the president, president obama has done a good job here trying to develop new counterterrorism arrangements and agreements overseas so that it doesn't get here. >> we did. >> well, this one did and we need to find out how did it get here. and if they were radicalized in chechnya, what groups did it? was it a chechen group, al qaeda group? or did they get radicalized on the internet? was it self-radicalization process? these are important questions to ask. >> i want to read you something congressman king said. he's of course homeland security committee and he told the national review online "police have to be in the community. they have to build up as many sources as they can. and they have to realize the threat is coming from the muslim community and increase surveillance there. we cannot be bound by political correctness. i think we need more police and more surveillance in the community where the threat is coming from." sometimes you wonder if you can keep keep america, america and keep america safe. are they mutually exclusive? >> i think we c
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